As wearable technology is gaining more and more popularity in our everyday lives, in the form of fitness bands to smart watches and Google Glass, it has started to take a hold in the education market as well. Wearable devices have a potential to change the way teachers interact and communicate information to their students. Here, we are going to discuss five ways these wearable devices might get utilized for education purpose.
• Applications We see a large ecosystem of applications is increasingly developing around mobile and wearable devices. For example, apps such as Streetmuseum (for iOS) helps users get a visualization of London streets as they looked throughout history and tie into education. This is because it enables teachers to bring lessons to the real world and make it more absorbing to the tech-savvy generation. This application development is indeed critical to the success of mobile and wearable devices, especially in education. • Virtual Field Trips By making use of first-person videos through Google Glass and similar technology, wearable devices can empower students to go on virtual field trips to improve their learning and check out places they never would have had the opportunity to check before. • Experiential Learning Wearable devices, like virtual reality device Oculus Rift, enable students to experience learning in ways never tried before. As such, education is moving into a whole new era of experiential learning, where learners or students can literally live a lesson rather than just reading about it. • Augmented Reality Scenarios Augmented reality is a way that empowers students and makes history come alive for them. In fact, few of the technologies turn e-books into 3-D learning experiences and pop out illustrations as and when required to help students better understand the topic. • Bring In Outside Experts Another aspect of wearable and mobile technology enables people to easily connect with each other. In the education world, it means teachers connecting students with other teachers and experts out there in the concerned field. Such technology helps break the institutional barriers and connect classroom with the community.